Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts

11 April 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Stray Iris

The chipmunks have been rearranging my spring bulbs, again. This stray dwarf iris, 'Katharine Hodgkin,' has popped up under a blueberry bush.

04 April 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Crocuses in Snow

Purple crocuses undaunted by a little April snow.

08 November 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Seed heads

Seed heads from a woody garden weed. Birds seem to like it so I've left it be ... which means the vegetable bed will be full of it next spring.

23 August 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Cranesbill & Babbitty Bumble

“Zizz, Wizz, Wizzz!” Babbitty Bumble is busy with the cranesbill today.

16 August 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Monstrous Beets

Needed a little help harvesting the beets! Left them too long and some are now the size of oranges!

09 August 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla "Everlasting Revolution" blooming in the front garden. Love the combination of soft blue and pale green.

01 July 2017

A Pirate's Life for ... Peas?

When I planted the vegetable beds in May, I planted a row of "Little SnapPea Crunch" sugar snap peas -- a compact plant with self-supporting vines well-suited to containers -- with the expectation they would grow into a stout hedge of deliciousness. Alas, my peas were rambling peas. The plants grew up, yes, but then went wide, entangling the orderly rows of beets, lettuce, and bush beans I had planted alongside them.

I put up my pea fence -- the fence I expected to not need this year -- and tied them back. But. Wild and wily, they keep escaping the pea fence and are currently climbing down the side of their raised bed, dead set on conquering the neighboring tomato/pumpkin/pepper bed. I am both immensely amused by their feral liveliness and exhausted. Stay on your fence, peas. Stop trying to pirate the other beds.

You might think, with all that prolific growth, that the plants would have no energy or time to fruit. You would be wrong. Completely and utterly wrong. The snap pea harvest is in its heyday and I find I need to pick a cake pan's worth every day just to keep up. Harvesting the peas, of course, means the plants get busy making more and ... it's just a vicious, delicious cycle, isn't it?

Sugar snap peas, you are so fine. So delightfully crunchy and sweet straight from the vine. Plump little green crescents of joy. Just keep your tendrils out of the lawn, less the lawnmower get you.

21 June 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Hydrangea macrophylla

Spotted this hydrangea at a local garden center
& really wish there was a place for it in my garden!

14 June 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Iris & Peony

White iris in bloom against deep pink peonies.

10 June 2017

June Flowers

The world's best co-workers gave me a gift card to White Flower Farm when I left that library in late March and it has been burning a hole in my pocket ever since. I spent a little on two Nepeta “Little Titch” (I have a weakness for catmint) last month, but held back on any other purchases until I felt sure I knew what I wanted to do and wasn’t just going to go on a buying spree and then try to jam the plants into my beds, all higgledy-piggledy.

On my last Friday off, I ended back up at White Flower looking for more “Little Titch” to flank the lady’s mantle growing in the front bed -- the combination of pale lavender spikes against the fuzzy cupped leaves and chartreuse clusters seemed a good one -- but it was not to be. Undeterred, I settled for two “Limelight,” instead, which have a similar footprint to “Little Titch” but with brilliant lime-green foliage. I’ve planted the catmint in a checkerboard around the lady’s mantle and, in hindsight, it might be too much yellowy-green together ...

The pansy basket hanging off the side porch has been looking a bit sad of late so I moved it to the table on the back porch and replaced it with a fluffy strawberry shortcake of a hanging basket full of ruby and raspberry verbena, cherry blossom pink calibrachoa, and white lobelia. Smitten with that color combination, I added a planter of white bacopa, light pink calibrachoa, and burgundy verbena. They look lovely together and I may try a similar combination in the mailbox planter ...

07 June 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Poppy (Papaver)

Hairy sepals slowly splitting to reveal a maturing poppy flower.

03 June 2017

The Gardens In Late Spring

On my days off I try to get out into the garden first thing and do some weeding and planting. The vegetable seeds and seedlings I planted in the new steel raised beds have made great start -- probably thanks to the superior garden soil and compost the deep beds are filled with, but possibly also due to them being much closer to the house and thus less likely to be pillaged by critters. My radishes are beautiful little ruby orbs, the pea plants are becoming properly bushy, and even the lettuce (something I never before tried from seed) is slooowly coming up. The tomato plants do look a bit sad, but it’s been a cool, grey, rainy spring so far and that's not really the weather tomatoes thrive in.

"Cherry Belle" radishes

Delicate baby oak leaf lettuce & friends

A few Saturdays ago, I attended a container gardening program at White Flower Farm in Litchfield and came home with a big pot of annuals that's now been hanging out on the porch, waiting (with the tomato plants) for a few sunny days. Like a fool, I tossed the pot markers, so now have no idea what some of the plants are called! Whatever they are, they are pretty.

The yellow, honeysuckle-like plant I can't name smells pleasantly minty.

The herb planter -- also a White Flower Farm project -- would probably look a bit more luxurious if I'd leave the rosemary alone for a time, but I keep pinching off bits to cook with and so the poor plant just keeps recovering old ground! Also, as with most things in the garden, it has just been TOO COLD AND WET for the poor thing.

Some day, the sun will come out and the rosemary will be happy.

31 May 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Tall Bearded Iris

I think this lovely Bearded Iris might be the Empress Eugenie. As always, completely taken with the fuzzy caterpillar-like beard.

24 May 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Foxglove

Because hairs on their speckled daybeds baffle the little bees,
foxgloves come out to advertise for rich bumbling hummers,
who crawl into their tunnels-of-delight with drunken ease
(see Darwin’s chapters on his foxglove summers)
plunging over heckles caked with sex-appealing stuff
to sip from every hooker its intoxicating liquor
and stop it propagating in a corner with itself.

     from "The Miracle of the Bees and the Foxgloves" by Anne Stevenson

03 May 2017

29 March 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Eager Daffodil

"Daffodils, / That come before the swallow dares, and take / The winds of March with beauty" ~ Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale